Xiaomi’s recent release of Redmi Note 4 in India and the exit of their Global VP, Hugo Barra made headlines in early 2017. While we await the launch of the Xiaomi Mi6, which is expected to launch on 16 April there is news for another Xiaomi device coming soon.
Xiaomi is planning to launch the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro as per the recent reports. It is the successor to the Redmi Pro, launched in August 2016.
Xiaomi is also struggling to gain share in the Chinese market and has slipped way behind Oppo, Vivo, and Huawei in the Chinese market. 2017 is going to be a challenging year for the Company and we are already seeing leaks for many upcoming Xiaomi phones like the Redmi Pro 2 and the Redmi Note 5.
Xiaomi also shared today that they have clocked 1 million sales of the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 in India. That is the fastest 1 million unit sales by the company in India.
Redmi 2 PRO – While its predecessor Redmi Pro, was the first Xiaomi phone ever to sport an AMOLED display and Dual camera set-up. The Pro 2 seems to follow a different path. The leaked images indicate a smartphone with traditional single camera setup at the back.
As per the leaked specs and image on the Chinese website Weibo, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 will feature a Sony IMX362 sensor along with 1.4µm pixel and dual pixel auto-focus. This results in stellar photos as similar set-up is there on Samsung’s S7, S7 Edge.
The phone appears to be wider than most smartphones. It has a design language similar to that found on the world’s first Tango based smartphone aka Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro.
Space where the second camera resided in the Redmi Pro, has been replaced by a remarkably similar looking rear fingerprint sensor found on Asus Zenfone 3 series.
The image also indicates that it flaunts 5.5-inch FHD display, we still don’t know whether it’ll retain the AMOLED display.
The Redmi Pro had Helio X20 processor, whereas the Pro 2 would have Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 660 SOC.
There’ll be 2 variants, one would ship with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage priced at ¥1,599 (approx ₹16,000). The other would come with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage at ¥1,799 (approx ₹18,000).
Fueling the device is a gigantic 4500 mAh battery. It’s significantly more in comparison to the 4050 mAh found in its predecessor.
SPECIFICATIONS OF REDMI PRO (Last Year Model)
The Redmi Pro flaunted a 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED display with impressive 72.2% screen-to-body ratio.
It shipped with MediaTek Helio X20 SOC in the regular variants. The exclusive and higher edition came with slightly faster MediaTek Helio X25 chipset.
Additionally, for games and graphics, there is Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. The regular variants had 3 GB of ram and 32 GB/ 64 GB storage. Exclusive edition packed 4 GB of ram and 128 GB of storage respectively. Both the variants support storage expansion up to 256GB by using the hybrid SIM slot 2.
The camera was the main highlight of the Redmi Pro as it featured dual 13 MP + 5 MP sensors with f/2.0 aperture. The front had a traditional 5 MP f/2.0 selfie shooter.
It’s available at ¥1,499 (approx ₹15,000) in China for the base variant. Sadly, Xiaomi never released it in India.
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 could be a slightly expensive offering compared to the upcoming Redmi Note 5 which is alleged to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SOC. The new Qualcomm Processor in the Redmi Pro 2 could be a 14 Nm processor and offer great power as well as battery efficiency.
That’s All from the Rumor mills of China, will keep you posted as more information fly to us, from the wild east.